About Us

Our Story

The Third-Party Preissuance Submission (3PS) initiative included in the American Invents Act (AIA), was the catalyst for the inception of Proactive Patents. This patent quality initiative, which enables third-parties to anonymously submit relevant art prior to allowance, immediately resonated with our founder Raffi Gostanian. Raffi recognized a business opportunity, but quickly realized that existing patent software fell short of the claim analysis required to effectively provide this service.

The requirement for automated claims analysis resulted in the formation of Proactive Patents. Along the way, the power of this hybrid organization became clear. We had engineers working side-by-side with attorneys to develop the claim analysis software, ClaimVision. The engineers needed the expertise of the patent attorneys to understand claim structure and language. Likewise, while working on patent preparation for clients, the attorneys started leveraging the expertise of the engineers to gain a deeper understanding of the technology covered in the patent applications. The net result – more accurate patent analysis software and stronger patent applications.

Today, Proactive Patents provides a broad range of patent services powered by our claim analytics. We offer a unique blend of intellectual property and technical expertise to maximize the value of our clients’ patent portfolios while eliminating unnecessary costs.

Raffi Gostanian, Jr.

Founder and CEO

Raffi Gostanian, Jr. is a Registered Patent Agent who has prepared and prosecuted over 1,500 patent applications and prepared over 35 IP valuations. Raffi has held a variety of software development, senior management and intellectual property positions with private corporations, such as GlobeRanger Corporation, pre- and post-IPO corporations, such as Inet Technologies Inc., public multinationals such as Nortel Networks, and law firms, such as Jackson Walker L.L.P and Haynes and Boone, LLP. In addition to being CEO of Proactive Patents, Raffi is currently the Chief Patent Officer of Open Invention Network, the largest defensive patent organization in the world. He received an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas, an M.S. in Telecommunications Systems from Southern Methodist University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Keith Melkild

Anthony Fratiani

Meredith Gunderson

Kamran Emdadi
VP Patent Preparation/Prosecution

Margaret Henderson
VP Business Development

Matthew Potter
VP Operations

David Ledet
VP Patent Analytics